OUR STAFF

Every child is born ready to navigate their personal journey. As educators, our role is to observe and support each child as they find their voice and identity in the world. At CityKids we aim to slow down time and encourage children to remain inspired by the multicultural world around them. Our teachers remain inspired to perfect their craft by acknowledging the impact we have during these foundation stages of life.​

OUR TEAM

Elvia Fisher Meir, Owner and Director came to Israel in 2007 in her first stop in an around the world trip. A Psychology and Business graduate from Roger Williams University, her entrepreneurial brain got to work in 2010 after recognizing the lack of English speaking resources for families in central Tel Aviv. Elvia has spent the last eight years developing CityKids afterschool and nursery school programs, and advocating for quality education in Israel. She is proud to have brought such a resource to Tel Aviv and gets her inspiration from all the beautiful families and teachers that come through the CityKids doors. 

  

Juliet TaylorNursery School Education Director came to Israel in 2013. Since arriving she has taught English to Sudanese and Eritrean refugees and also worked in a private language school teaching all ages and levels. Prior to living in Israel Juliet obtained a BA (Hons) from the Department of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies of Leeds University. She is an experienced class teacher, having worked at a leading Jewish primary school in London. Whilst working there she was head of the Art Department, a mentor for trainee teachers and responsible for creating a new phonics programme. Juliet has a postgraduate certificate in Psychology from London's Institute of Education and in line with this her teaching aim is to provide a warm, loving and nurturing environment for every child to fulfil their potential.

 

Ashley Reich, Administrative Director grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia in New Jersey before making Aliyah in 2014. Before joining the CityKids family, she was a live in nanny for a family in Tel Aviv.  Her love and passion for children started at young age.  Through high school and college she worked at the Jewish Community Center in Margate City, NJ. There she started as a camp counselor and later become the Youth and Teen Director.  As the Youth and Teen Director, Ashley planned programs and events for children of all ages and their families.  Ashley is excited to help each child blossom and grow to their highest potential through a fun, exciting and creative learning environment.

 

Danielle Benzaken joined CityKids as Program Director in September 2018. She relocated from New York City where she taught second grade at a special education school in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to that she worked as a Nursery school teacher and programming director at the JCC in Manhattan. She was motivated to move to Israel to be closer to family and looks forward to continue working as an educator at CityKids!

 

Taylor Yaroslawitz grew up in New York City. She attended Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she completed her Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Education, Psychology of Early Childhood and Sociology. Following university, she came to Israel for her student teaching at The Tabeetha School in Jaffa. Upon completing her student teaching and acquiring her teacher’s certification in the United States she finished up the year as the form teacher for the third grade at The Tabeetha School. In September 2013 she made Aliyah. Taylor received her Masters of Arts at Tel Aviv University’s Bob Shapell School of Social Work in Trauma and Crisis Intervention Studies. 

 

Avi Meleze joined CityKids during an internship in 2016 after traveling the world and working in a children's educational playspace for four years. She received a BA in Education from the University of Paris, and a BA in Art from La Sorbonne. Avi has a passion for infants and takes joy in exploring the world around them and engaging in their wonder. She is excited to continue in the infant room and invent new developmentally appropriate toys for her third year!

 

Anastasia Gruvoych is from Vancouver, Canada and made Aliyah in August 2015. After completing her Master's Degree in Psychology at Birmingham Univeristy in England, she decided to go on an adventure to Israel. After working for many years with at-risk youth in Canada and England, she realized her passion for working with younger children to give them the best opportunities and tools to face the big world. She loves helping and seeing children explore and have the freedom to reach their highest potential. 

 

Pascale Neumark made aliyah in 2005 with her Israeli husband and three children. After living in Holland, Spain, Switzerland and Belgium she received her BA in Languages and a Law. She practiced as a lawyer until she decided to be a stay-at-home mom. Once her children were old enough she began volunteering in a preschool for refugees for a year which led her to become a preschool and French teacher at an international school for more than two years. She is looking forward to continuing learning, discovering, growing and having fun with all the amazing children of the Two's group!

 

Becky Rottermann is a trained Psychologist and has worked in education for several years. She was born in Colombia and was very active as a madricha in Jewish education and youth movements. She strongly believes that every human being finds their identity through strengthening bonds with the natural world and the community and that nuturing compassion and mindfulness in children will change the world. Last year Becky ran our Tzaharon, Friday Club and Camp programs. She is excited to have a full time position in the classroom in the coming year! 

 

Sara Worthington discovered her love for working with children while completing her BA in Communication. During her studies she worked as a preschool teacher and has volunteered for various adolescent ESL programs since. In 2017 she participated in the birthright program and fell in love with Israel. Fast forward to March 2018 her and her two dogs made Aliyah from Los Angeles, CA and found a second home at CityKids. Sara is excited to create a fun and nurturing environment for the children in order to help them to achieve their full potential.

 

Danielle Zayit is originally from Long Island, New York and made Aliyah in 2014. She holds a BA in psychology and an MA in art therapy. She has been working with young children for the past five years in a variety of settings, including a Reggio inspired preschool.  Danielle is fluent in Hebrew and English and enjoys pilates, art and her little King Charles Cavalier puppy, Simba. 

 

Laura Shaw was born in London. She fell in love with Israel whilst she was on a gap year program with a Reform Youth Movement in 2012 and made Aliyah in June 2016. Laura returned to England to continue her education studying Early Childhood at the University of West England in Bristol. Since arriving in Israel she has worked in a gan and as a nanny with children between the ages of 6 months and 6 years. She has had many years of experience in various early years settings and with youth groups on Summer Camps. Laura loves working with children and couldn't imagine pursuing a different career path. She is also excited to continue her love for children and music at CityKids!

 

Olivia Lebow grew up in Los Angeles, California and made Aliyah in December of 2017. This is her third time living in Israel, where she had attended Tel Aviv University in 2013, and again in 2015, where she worked at Spivak, a rehab facility for children with disabilities. She has her BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado, and her Master of Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. Olivia has worked with many diverse populations, but has found her greatest passion working with children. She is excited to continue being a part of CityKids, and getting to know her new children, as well as families that attend this amazing school! 

 

Fallon Renard hails from the Valley in Los Angeles. She did her MASA internship at CityKids and decided to stay in Israel and make Aliyah. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Life Science and a minor in Jewish Studies. Her passion for working with children started early on from attending Jewish sleep away camp. She worked as a counselor for 5 years and taught preschool and third grade religious school. Being a part of CityKids is an amazing experience and she is excited to begin her fourth school year!

 

Arielle Kopman is from England. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Childhood Studies, she decided to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Education as she found her desire was to become a teacher in order make a difference to children’s lives. Arielle has been a Reception teacher for three years in a primary school in England. She has also taught in a Nursery, been a leader on many summer camps and enjoys providing a rich learning environment through creativity and ensuring each day provides an exciting environment for children. She is very excited to be part of the CityKids team.

 

Nicole Nembach was born and raised in New York. She received her bachelor's degree in education and psychology. After she graduated, she worked for a year at a preschool in Queens, NY before participating in MASA Israel Teaching Fellowship, teaching English at an elementary school in Petah Tikvah. When the program ended, Nicole returned to NY and worked at a preschool in Manhattan until making aliyah and joining CityKids in July 2017!

 

Natalie Sasi is a preschool teacher from Los Angeles, California. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Child and Adolescent Development at California State University, Northridge in 2010, and has been working with children from around the world for over 10 years. Natalie believes that all children have the ability to learn, grow, and thrive if their environments allow them to. Treating children with love, trust and respect is the foundation of her personal teaching philosophy. From that basis, everything else is possible.

 

 

Adena Levi was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in South Florida. She has just made Aliyah this month! She taught in South Florida for eighteen years in both private and public schools before moving with her husband to Houston, Texas. While in Houston, she taught in a Jewish day school. This will be her twenty fourth year in early childhood education. Her favorite classroom activities include Circle Time and Storytime. Her heart, soul and passion go into her teaching!  

 

Gayle Shein was born and raised in London and also made Aliyah this month. After completing a Level 3 Child Development course she joined the Young Judea year course teaching in a gan, doing Gadna and travelling around the country. She holds a BA (Hons) degree in Childhood Studies, Culture and Development from Birmingham University and is a fully qualified primary school teacher with a PGCE. Gayle has taught in a range of London schools from Reception to Year Two and is focused on the whole child and their wellbeing.

 

Lisa Joseph is from England, and made Aliyah in 2016. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Events Management, she decided to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Education as she found her passion working with children in the Early Years Foundation Stage, as she loves watching children learn through play. Before making Aliyah, Lisa was a Reception teacher in a primary school where she taught the children to read and write in English. She has also taught in a Nursery and enjoys providing stimulating and exciting environments for children. She is very excited to continue being part of the CityKids team.

 

Tali Azoolin is very excited to join CityKids this school year.  She recently moved to Tel Aviv from Fort Lauderdale, Florida after graduating with a degree in Elementary Education from Towson University. She has a passion for working with kids of all ages and serves as a Director at a sleepaway camp in the United States every summer.

Danielle Benzaken joined CityKids as Program Director in September 2018. She relocated from New York City where she taught second grade at a special education school in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to that she worked as a Nursery school teacher and programming director at the JCC in Manhattan. She was motivated to move to Israel to be closer to family and looks forward to continue working as an educator at CityKids!